Facebook Timeline Moderation for Lawyers

I was recently trying to explain the idea of Facebook timeline moderation to a friend. That is, not letting someone “tag” you in an uploaded picture or text entry, and having that (potentially embarrassing) item automatically show up on your profile page.

While  it’s odd that this setting isn’t activated by default [insert Facebook privacy ‘eye roll’ here], the fix for pre-moderating your timeline takes about 30 seconds.

Below is a quick set of instructions to get this working:

Step one. Log into Facebook, and hit the Privacy drop down menu in the top-right corner of the screen:


Step 2. Click on See More Settings at the bottom of that menu.

Step 3. Click on the “Timeline and Tagging Settings” tab in the left-sidebar navigation menu:


Step 4:  Turn “On” the setting that asks you to “Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline?

You can (optionally) stop other people from posting anything to your timeline by changing your answer to “Who can post to your timeline?” to “Only Me“.  But unless you’re being tagged into other people’s sharing constantly or an outside party is abusing this feature… that solution is likely overkill.

Adding a simple moderation queue should be more than adequate to protect most professionals.

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